Building with cob

Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 May 2019  
This two-day course runs from 9am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

This hands-on introductory course focuses on building with cob, combining theory with lots of practical.

What will the Building with cob course cover?

You will learn how to make your own earth building materials - cob, earth mortars, renders - and then build with them. Build your own cob pizza oven.

Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. It is for anyone thinking about building with cob. It is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who are familiar with eco-building and want to know more.

Learning outcomes

Participants will learn about the raw materials and how to mix them, as well as gain practical experience of building cob ovens. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

Course tutors

Jon Kalviac has worked on Earthship Brighton and also on the Zwolle Earthship built in Holland. He is a regular tour guide of Earthship Brighton and has much experience of working with rammed tyres.

Mischa Hewitt will be assisting. Mischa was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton, is the author of the book Earthships in Europe, and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a building consultant, domestic and non-domestic energy assessor, and has worked on many eco renovation projects.


Earthship Brighton
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England

Get directions to Stanmer Park.

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.


Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.

  • £275 - Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £275 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £235 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £195 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £77.50 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)*

* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Building with cob course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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Book the 11-12 May course

  • Sarah
    "History was succinct and interesting. Balance [of] theory and practical was perfect. Delivery of info was humorous, memorable and easily understood/integrated."

    Sarah Field

  • Mike
    "Tutor and assistants were fantastic, spent two days (mostly in sunshine) with like minded people in a wonderful location. Learnt cob construction techniques and applications. Company and food was great. I'll be back."

    Mike Church

  • Michele
    "I enjoyed very much the balance of theoretical and practical sessions. The passion and experience of the trainer was amazing."


  • Julia
    "I really enjoyed the warm, friendly atmosphere. Jon is an excellent teacher and his willingness to share his knowledge was inspiring."

    Julia Heron

  • Carol
    "Jon was brilliant, a really happy and informative guy. Fun weekend with some great, interesting people"

    Carol Olsen

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For further information or if you have problems with your registration, please contact us.